green building design Articles

  • What makes a building green?

    The terms "sustainable architecture", "green building" and "ecological design" have emerged, along with a host of similar permutations, in recent practice as environmentally friendly modes of design, construction and operation geared towards producing healthy enduring communities. However, the terms are still vague and lead to much ambiguity in their implementation. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Eco-iconic skyscrapers: review of new design approaches

    A plethora of contemporary tall building designs appear to lack genuine architecture for they employ eccentric forms to compete for attention and they poorly respond to their specific environment and the climate (Gang, 2008). However, this paper examines the emergence of a notable type of tall buildings, described as eco-iconic, which depart from purely image-driven structures, and emphasises ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Critical Factors in Adopting Cooling Media for Central Air-Conditioning Systems in Hong Kong

    There has been a dilemma about whether to adopt water-cooled or air-cooled air-conditioning systems at various times for different developments in Hong Kong, strongly influenced by the local government. Fresh water has been a scarce resource as a cooling medium; however, in recent years, the local government has advocated water-cooled air-conditioning systems, using fresh water or sea water as a ...

  • Minimising environmental impacts of building materials in Singapore: role of architects

    By 2030, it is estimated that the earth's population will be ten billion. Significant quantities of resources will be required to provide buildings for this population. Questions concerning the capability of the earth to support such a large population have arisen. Moreover, the extraction and utilisation of these resources can have negative impacts on the environment. Efforts are underway to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Proper Design of `Green Building` is the precursor of performance and efficiency

    EPC World Magazine, had a Q&A with Mr. Juzer S Kothari, Managing Director of Conserve Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Founded in 2005, Conserve is a global consulting firm based in India  with expertise in high ...

  • The next wave of sustainable planning: green neighbourhood assessment systems

    Since the 1970s, seeking solutions for global environmental problems have been on the agenda of both national and international debates where quantifying and measuring 'sustainability' have been an emerging foci. Within this perspective, analysis of areas through new methods and measurable parameters is among recent research fields in both academia and practice. To this end, in the literature, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • LEED-ing Your Stormwater Down the Green Path

    6813The U.S. Green Building Council has developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, otherwise known as LEED. This program is a national standard for green building design and was developed with the intention of improving occupant well-being, environmental performance and economic returns. This is accomplished by using innovative design practices and technologies. In order to meet ...


    By BaySaver Technologies, Inc.

  • Nutrient Pollution and Algal Blooms: Causes and Solutions

    Harmful algal blooms (HABs) appear more often, abundant, extensive, and toxic than ever.  Each year, they affect diverse new water areas around the world. Many of these blooms are triggered by increasing nutrient pollution. The dramatic surge in nutrient flow from industrial, urban, and agricultural activities accelerate the eutrophication of lakes, streams, and coastal waters. ...


    By LG Sonic

  • Sacramento State – upgrading sewer to “green”

    Tidelands Construction Company installed a new Flowtite Septic Tank on the campus of California State University in Sacramento. This upgraded sewer system was part of a school-wide “green” building initiative. The governing body at one of California’s finest universities began a large-scale “green building” project designed to reduce the school’s harmful ...

  • Beyond LEED, Part 1

    Twenty years ago, few people recognized the need for concern about the negative environmental impact of building construction and the contribution that existing buildings make toward environmental pollution in the course of their regular, daily operations. Nevertheless, the damage done by the twentieth century’s burgeoning boon of construction was there for all to see: lost forests and wildlife ...


    By Full Sircle Farms

  • How are Green Buildings Built? A Closer Look at a Modern Marvel

    Green building refers to an environment friendly structure which is built in such a manner that it continues to be environmentally responsible and resource efficient throughout its life. When we say throughout its life, it includes everything right from an eco-friendly design to the use of material which will make sure that the environment is not harmed even when the structure in question is ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • Companies and MBAs test new sustainability SWOT

    At last week’s Net Impact conference, WRI challenged teams of attendees to come up with what was essentially a “mashup” of megatrends and environmental challenges. The teams then engaged in ...

  • Energy, IAQ, and the Environment

    Rely on Dynamic Air Quality Solutions to help make your building energy efficient and environmentally responsible. Dynamic can help you reduce risk and make the most of your investment by creating and sustaining high performance buildings. Indoor Air Quality Temperature, humidity, cleanliness, odors and noise are all aspects of Indoor Air Quality that impact ...

  • Support for the development of professional standards increases as the Environment Sector expands

    With recent events such as the BP oil spill, professionals and employers worldwide are becoming wary of the potential risks they run when dealing with our fragile environment. Industry personnel have become acutely aware of the need for specific competencies, skills, and training within the workforce of the environmental sector. But in a sector where the range of specializations is vast, ...


    By ECO Canada

  • Sustainability due diligence: LEED® as the evolving national standard

    This article examines current trends in the finance and real estate industries related to due diligence and sustainability. According to the authors of the article, the emergence of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, together with the establishment and backing of the Carbon Principles by some of the world's leading financial ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • North Sydney high rise to recycle three million litres of water per year.

    The Ark building, the new landmark on the North Sydney CBD skyline, is set to recycle up to three million litres of water annually thanks to its greywater recycling plant. Located at 40 Mount Street, the Ark was completed in May this year and represents the first high-rise commercial building to achieve 6 Star Green Star V2 Design rating in NSW. Its rating can be attributed to sustainable ...

  • Das Residence, Gualala, CA case study

    Project Name: Das Residence Products: Grasspave2 Permeable Pavement Applications: Porous Grass Residential Driveway City: Gualala State/Province: California Install Date: 3/6/2012-3/10/2012 Client: Das Residence Install Size: 240 m2 (2,540 sq ...


    By Invisible Structures, Inc.

  • Das Residence, Gualala, CA - Case Study

    Project Name: Das Residence  Products: Grasspave2 Permeable Pavement Applications:  Porous Grass Residential Driveway City: Gualala State/Province: California Install ...


    By Invisible Structures, Inc.

  • Transfer stations: finding the right shade of green for your transfer station

    The goal of sustainable design in the built environment is to move the bar higher. A good definition of sustainability is the act of balancing the environmental, social and economic needs of the built and natural environments for present and future generations (Brundtland Commission, 1987). These principles can be applied to every type of project, including the design of transfer stations and ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • LEED Canada: The Next Generation

    Looming large in the minds of most Canadians, climate change is arguably the greatest environmental challenge we face today. Given that a significant reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is necessary to avert irreversible impacts, any solutions will require the active support of all sectors of society – government, business and citizens – to reach GHG reduction targets. GHG emissions from ...


    By Actual Media

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